Should I get a screening fee?

Hi all, I was wondering what’s the common practice regarding screening fees? From my understanding, if you submit to a festival or event organizers in general, you shouldn’t expect to be paid a screening fee. But, if the event programmer reaches out to you, then you should be provided a screening fee. Am I right on this?

Also, what is the average amount for a screening fee? I read this report stating that for feature films, screening fees generally go from $200 to $500, whereas for short films, they go from $50-$70. Thanks!

If someone is offering money, I would take it, whatever the amount, unless preserving premiere status for a specific festival is more important to you.

If a festival has reached out to you without mentioning a fee, I have to believe that asking for a fee is just going to get you moved to the bottom of their list.